SEATTLE, Washington — The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on film production in India. Yet that has not stopped Bollywood’s stars from continuing to make an impact on the lives of their fans. In order to help combat the spread of the coronavirus, these Indian celebrities are doing their part in any way they can. Here is Bollywood’s response to COVID-19.
Bollywood and the PM CARES Fund
The PM CARES Fund is a national fund developed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that seeks to raise money for COVID-19 relief programs. As a show of support, Bollywood celebrities are spreading awareness by publicizing their donations on social media and encouraging fans to contribute as much as they can.
On March 28, renowned Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar announced on Twitter he would be donating Rs 25 crore (more than $200 million) to the PM CARES Fund. “This is that time when all that matters is the lives of our people,” he wrote. “And we need to do anything and everything it takes.”
On his Instagram account, fellow actor Shah Rukh Khan released two videos urging others to avoid public spaces and unnecessary travel amid the quarantine. He was not content to simply call on others to help, however. In addition to donating to the PM CARES Fund, Rukh Khan also lent the Mumbai Municipality use of his personal office space to expand the municipality’s quarantine capacity. The four-story building came with supplies for quarantined women, children and the elderly.
Unity in the Face of COVID-19
Bollywood’s Support for India’s Poor
While the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet reached its peak, Bollywood’s Response to COVID-19 has been impressive thus far. Though known for their work on the big screen, many of India’s brightest stars are putting their celebrity to good use amid the crisis.
– Krishna Panchal